Black Americans’ Cancer Rates Differ by Birthplace

Most African Americans have a distinct pride in the fact that they have descent from the original people of Africa. It is what makes African Americans strong and confident. Though resilient to slavery, segregation, racism, injustice, and discrimination, cancer seems to float off that list for both Africans and African Americans.

A new study finds, cancer rates differ between Africans and U.S.-born African Americans.
“Typically, cancer occurrence among blacks in the United States is presented as one homogenous group, with no breakdown by country or region of birth,” said study co-author Dr. Ahmedin Jemal, an American Cancer Society epidemiologist.

“Our study shows that approach masks important potential differences that may be key to guiding cancer prevention programs for African-born black immigrants,” Jemal added.

The researchers analyzed 2000-2012 U.S. data to compare rates of the top 15 cancers in African-born blacks to U.S.-born blacks.

Blacks born in sub-Sahara Africa had much higher rates of infection-related cancers (liver, stomach and Kaposi sarcoma) than U.S.-born blacks. They also had